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Paul Tortelier (March 21, 1914 - December 18, 1990) was a French cellist and composer. March 21 is the 80th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (81st in leap years). ... 1914 (MCMXIV) is a common year starting on Thursday. ... December 18 is the 352nd day of the year (353rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... A cello The cello (often formally referred to as the violoncello), is a stringed instrument and a member of the violin family. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ...


Tortelier was born in Paris, the son of a cabinet maker. He was encouraged to play the cello by his father and mother, and at 12 he entered the Paris Conservatoire. He won the first prize in cello at the conservatoire when he was 16, and then he took harmony classes under Jean Gallon. The Eiffel Tower has become a symbol of Paris throughout the world. ... Conservatoire de Paris, or Paris Conservatoire, has been central to the evolution of music in France and Western Europe. ... Harmony is the use and study of pitch simultaneity and chords, actual or implied, in music. ...


In 1935 Tortelier joined the Monte Carlo Symphony Orchestra, and played with them until 1937. He gave performances under Bruno Walter and Arturo Toscanini, and he also played the solo part in Richard Strauss' Don Quixote under the composer. This is a piece which became closely associated with Tortelier, as he gave many performances and recorded it. Bruno Walter (September 15, 1876 - February 17, 1962) was a German-born conductor and composer. ... Arturo Toscanini was featured on the cover of Time magazine on April 26, 1948 Arturo Toscanini (March 25, 1867 – January 16, 1957) was considered by many of his contemporaries — critics, fellow musicians, and the public alike — as the greatest conductor of his era. ... Richard Strauss (June 11, 1864 – September 8, 1949) was a German composer of the late Romantic era, particularly noted for his tone poems and operas. ...


In 1939 he joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Serge Koussevitsky.


In 1947 he gave his British debut under Beecham, again performing Don Quixote. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


In 1950 Tortelier was selected by Casals to play as the principal cellist in the Prades Festival Orchestra. Pau Casals i Defilló (December 29, 1876 – October 22, 1973), commonly known as Pablo Casals, was a virtuoso Catalan, Spanish cello player (and later conductor). ...


Athough he was a Catholic, Tortelier was inspired by the ambitions of the newly formed state of Israel in 1948, and spent some time living with his wife and two children on a kibbutz.


His compositions include a concerto for two cellos and orchestra (1950), and a solo cello suite in D, and a sonata for cello and piano. He also wrote a set of variations for cello & orchestra ( 'May Music Save Peace' ). He also wrote a symphony, the Israel Symphony, after his experience of living on the kibbutz.


He taught Jacqueline du PrĂ©, though he was not her main teacher (that was William Pleeth). In the 1970s he gave a series of master classes which were recorded and broadcast on TV, which demonstrate his very dynamic style of playing. Jacqueline Mary du Pré (1945-1987) was an English cellist. ...


His son, Yan Pascal Tortelier, is an internationally known conductor, and his daughter Maria de la Pau is a pianist. Internationally known French conductor, has worked and recorded extensively with the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester - for whom he was Principal Conductor from 1992 to 2004. ...


External link

  • 'May Music Save Peace'

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Paul Tortelier (March 21, 1914 - December 18, 1990) was a French cellist and composer.
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